Following five global events of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) between 2006 and 2010, the IGF proved to be a suitable discussion medium that provides all stakeholders with a platform to exchange expertise and plan the way ahead. At the fifth IGF held in September 2010, there was consensus on the need to renew the mandate for five more years as justified in the General Assembly resolution A/RES/64/187 on information and communication technologies for development.
In order to ensure appropriate participation and positioning of the Arab region in the Internet governance arena, Arab countries are in need to take far-reaching commitments and policy measures. Within this framework, ESCWA and the League of Arab States launched the Arab Dialogue on Internet Governance (ArabDIG) initiative in order to consolidate efforts and harmonize implementation of activities that assist Arab countries in reaching common Internet governance goals.
ArabDIG is multi-stakeholder in nature and aims primarily at: (a) providing a better understanding of common challenges and prospects of Internet governance from the perspective of the Arab region; (b) building capacity of Arab countries to respond to those challenges; (c) enabling Arab countries to seize opportunities to bring their views and needs to the global arena, hence shaping an optimum global policy structure for Internet governance; and (d) Promoting Arab countries’ role as effective players in the global Internet society.